Gruen Galleries

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Erwin Gruen has had his gallery in River North for decades, long before the district had a name. An iron forger and collector of African art, he can be seen in his forger's apron in the basement, where he creates wonderful custom pieces or upstairs, talking about the origin of a recent African treasure. The contemporary focus of the gallery is the result of the traditions established by former partner Mack Gilman, who died some years ago after serving as a veritable institution in the gallery scene for more than 30 years. Among contemporary gallery artists are the popular Stephen Hansen, Morris Barazani, Roland Poska and others. Gruen Gallery is a member of the Chicago Art Dealers Assocation.